Hiscox USA presents second annual Hiscox Courage Award at Austin Film Festival

Courage Award presented to film that best embodies courage and risk-taking

NEW YORK (October 12, 2016) – Hiscox, the global specialist insurer and a leading insurer of films and other media productions in the US and abroad, will present the second annual Hiscox Courage Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival and will, for the second consecutive year, participate as the leading sponsor of the event’s opening night. Selected by the audience, the Hiscox Courage Award will recognize the festival film that most embodies courage in its storytelling and the filmmaker who has best embraced the positive power of risk-taking for the benefit of their art. The 2016 Austin Film Festival, also known as “The Writers Festival,” will run from October 13-20. Attendees will vote for the Hiscox Courage Award following more than 180 screenings that will take place over the course of the festival.

The Hiscox Courage Award will be chosen exclusively by audience votes and awarded the week of October 25. Until 20, a powerful documentary about facing fear and making the most of every day despite illness, was recipient of the 2015 Hiscox Courage Award. Hiscox’s partnership with the Austin Film Festival also includes the Hiscox Filmmaker Blog Archive, where filmmakers share stories of the challenges faced during the creation of their films.

“We’re honored to support filmmakers who have the courage to challenge convention,” said Joanne Richardson, media and entertainment practice leader at Hiscox USA. “Filmmakers take many risks during the storytelling process, both creatively and practically. This type of risk-taking is what inspired Hiscox to support the Austin Film Festival and present the second annual Courage Award, as we look to not only provide filmmakers with a sense of security in their endeavors, but to praise them for their creative work.”

Hiscox has specialized in media liability coverage to US businesses, including publishers, broadcasters, production companies and marketing and advertising agencies for 25 years. Hiscox Media Liability Insurance provides policies that fit specifically with the needs of media clients creating or disseminating content. Hiscox Entertainment Insurance provides policies written specifically to fit the needs of production companies, post production facilities, theatrical productions, touring entertainers and other ancillary businesses that support the entertainment industry.

Hiscox USA provides a variety of specialty risk solutions including a broad spectrum of professional E&O, GL, cyber and data security, media liability, management liability, crime, kidnap & ransom, terrorism and commercial property products. Hiscox USA primarily specializes in the unique needs of small and middle market businesses. Hiscox USA works with small and medium-sized business throughout the US to support them and address their risk management needs.  

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Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HSX). There are three main underwriting parts of the Group -- Hiscox London Market, Hiscox UK and Europe and Hiscox International. Hiscox International includes operations in Bermuda, Guernsey and the USA. Hiscox Syndicates Ltd is authorized by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. The ability of syndicates at Lloyd's to do business in the USA and its territories is restricted as they are not US-based insurers. The publication and delivery of this information are not intended to be a solicitation by Lloyd's for the purchase of insurance on any US risk. Hiscox Underwriting Limited and Hiscox ASM Limited are authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Hiscox Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in New York, d/b/a Hiscox Insurance Agency in CA, is a licensed insurance intermediary for admitted and surplus lines business. Hiscox Inc. underwrites on behalf of, and places business with, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., other domestic insurers, and syndicates at Lloyd's (www.lloyds.com). Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. is a Chicago, IL domiciled insurer which is admitted or licensed to do business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ABOUT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL: AFF is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. All attendees/events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Badges and passes are available for purchase online at austinfilmfestival.com or by calling 1-800-310-FEST.